THE END, MY FRIEND [Prelude to the Apocalypse] by KIRBY WRIGHT
by, July 21st, 2013 at 11:53 AM (2403 Views)
This is a sort of prequel to THE HUNGER GAMES, that is, what happened to society to get us to that point. The main characters are pregnant Evo and Tony and they flee the suburbs of Southern California for "the Northern Territories," and end up at a secret lake in Oregon. The chapters have an episodic feel because new threats are constantly threatening this 30-Something couple in their quest to find safe haven in a world that knows no rules. I actually found this more compelling than THE HUNGER GAMES because it shows society deconstructing and gives a good overview of the invading Phoenix Army forces and how that army clashed with the Coastal Townships from San Diego north to Seal Beach, Oregon. The read is very edgy but the presence of animals such as Sudzy (Evo's pet cat) and the dog Cosmo help take some of the edge off. However, I would say this is definitely a PG-13 read. There's an exploration of what it means to be in a Utopia here when Evo bounce between the sustainable outpost of Nirvana in the Mojave and then the cultish Malpaso near Carmel. A good feeling here of being on the road, with almost movie-like shots out the window of a Land Rover. Then we end up at a sort of River Runs Through It-type feel when the couple reaches their final destination at the secret lake and help establish a ragtag commune at an abandoned lodge. Tony learns to put food on the table by becoming a trout fisherman and Evo works the garden and gets great at canning. But the peace and quiet is shattered when warriors show up to get revenge for Tony's past indiscretions. This is a fast compelling read by a good writer.
*NOTE: the book is available on Amazon for pre-order, release date is Sept. 15th, 2013